Parliamentary Sec for Water visits Warrnambool

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Parliamentary Secretary for Water visits Warrnambool

Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority had the pleasure of hosting Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Carbines MP in Warrnambool this week.

Mr Carbines met with 40 partners and stakeholders of Glenelg Hopkins CMA on Monday night, where discussions were held on environmental projects and partnerships around Warrnambool.

Tuesday provided the opportunity to discuss flood mitigation at Russells Creek, estuary management of the Hopkins River at the beautiful Proudfoots Boathouse and angler engagement at the Merri River estuary.

This was followed with the celebration of the Merri River Restoration Project, where Mr Carbines met with Warrnambool City Council and community representatives from Friends of Platypus Park, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare and Mad for the Merri at Platypus Park.

Mayor Kylie Gaston welcomed Mr Carbines and community members and Kevin Wood CEO of Glenelg Hopkins CMA provided a brief history of the project.

Mr Carbines planted a blackwood tree with Glenelg Hopkins CMA Chairperson Tony Ford, as a symbol of the commitment to revegetate the banks of the Merri River with local indigenous plants over the coming years.

The Merri River Restoration Project builds on the volunteer work already undertaken by these community groups over recent years.
These works will improve wildlife and fish habitat in the river, while improving access to the river banks for recreational activities such as fishing and boating.
Quote attributable to Anthony Carbines MP Parliamentary Secretary for Water
‘The Victorian Government is committed to improving the health and value of waterways in regional areas and we are pleased to see how effective partnerships with regional communities can be in achieving this.'
Quote attributable to Councillor Kylie Gaston Mayor Warrnambool City Council
‘Waterways are important areas for recreational pursuits and contribute substantially to the social well-being of residents in Warrnambool. The plan to revegetate the riverbanks on the Manuka Drive Reserve will enhance the environmental and amenity values of the site'

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Councillor Kylie Gaston, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines MP and Tony Ford Chair of Glenelg Hopkins CMA celebrate the Merri River Restoration Project by planting a blackwood tree at Platypus Park

Anthony Carbines MP with Kevin Wood and Antony Ford of Glenelg Hopkins CMA on the Hopkins River from Proudfoots Boathouse